This month, we’ve teamed up with Creative Translation to put work by 20 visual communications students and graduates on JC Decaux billboards across the UK. One of those graduates is Jack Fletcher, who creates colourful 3D screen prints, riso posters and zines…
Fletcher studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art, and caught our eye at this year’s New Blood festival with his illustrations of scout boys, witches and hunters. With a great use of colour and some strange (and sometimes sinister) characters, his work is both fun and surreal.
When did you first interested in becoming an illustrator, and what sparked your interest?
I come from a creative family. Both my mum and grandfather are artists and illustrators and my grandmother is a sculptor, so it was something that just came from my background growing up with them. They always encouraged me to draw and because of that it became something I loved. Becoming an illustrator seemed like the best job in the world for me.
Where do you find inspiration, and is there anyone that has been a particular influence on your work?
I have to say my biggest inspirations would have to come from my parents. I am lucky enough to have my illustrator/designer Mum and my Dad, who is a writer. Because of them I was introduced from a young age to many of my current illustrative inspirations Herge, Moebius and Alberto Uderzo, to name a few.
How would you describe your work?
I think I’d describe it as fun probably. I enjoy coming up with all these strange and surreal characters in weird colours and outfits.
We really liked your 3D screenprint cut outs. How did these come about?
As a kid I was always playing with Airfix Models and Lego so I thought it would be a cool idea if people could play with my characters. Re arrange them, and make their own stories with them.
And what is it you enjoy about working with traditional screen printing, riso and woodcut techniques?
I think this goes back to the books my parents gave me when I was a kid. They were all super old childrens book left over from the 50s, 60s and 70s. I just loved the quality of print and colours used back then, so when I found out that I could get the same result from these printing techniques I was hooked.
You’ve just finished studying at Edinburgh College of Art. What was that like, and what were the most important things you learned in your time there?
It was great fun, I had a blast. I made a lot of really good friends which was the best part. I think without a doubt the most important thing I learnt at Edinburgh was probably all the printing techniques. And Photoshop. Everyone needs Photoshop.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on a new set of screen printed cutouts of famous historical warriors from around the world. There are going to be Vikings, Samurai, Highlanders, Native Americans. Hopefully people will want to collect them or something. I’ve also been asked to be one of 5 curators to make work in response to the music of an artist called FemFel which will be exhibited down in London and should be a good time!
And finally, what are your plans for the future now you’ve finished university?
I would really love to be able to just live through my illustration. That would be great! More short term though, I would like to do some work for Nobrow or Peow Risopress. Those guys are producing some of my favourite stuff right now.
Jack Fletcher is featured in CR’s Talent Spotting project, in association with Creative Translation, which sees work by 20 graduates displayed on over 1,000 JCDecaux digital screens across the UK this month. For details, see creativereview.co.uk/talent-spotting
You can see more of Fletcher’s work here, or visit his Instagram page for process shots and sketches.
Read more here:: Gradwatch: Jack Fletcher